Hydronic Heating in Southern Ontario

Hydronic heating is a way of using heated water to distribute heat through a series of tubes / hoses that reside directly underneath flooring. Through radiant heat, the hot water that flows or sits in these pipes expels heat that flows upward.

Starting with warm floors, then filling the air above, hyrdronic heating is a very energy efficient way to keep your floors and house warm.

There’s very little in the way of published resources related to this type of practical and affordable heating, one handy resource is this site that covers the topic fairly well.

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GTA Swimming Instructors (Q & A by Students)

My History of Taking Swimming Lessons in the GTA

A Question and Answer Session with Swimming Student: Zander K, from Toronto, Ontario.

Q) When Did I Start Swimming Lessons?  

A) I started swimming lessons when I was six in 2008. I finished swimming lessons when I was nine and I was in level 8 in 2011. I tried many different pools and I ended up picking the recreation centre. That is also where I go skating. I am know eleven and know I don’t do swimming I play soccer. Do you need to find a place for swimming lessons? Check out Aim Above’s location page.

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Pet Sitting Service (and Where to Find the Best in 2018)

Pet Sitting Services (2018)

What Exactly is a Pet Sitter?

A pet sitter is generally a pet loving type of person who enjoys spending time with animals. More often than not this means cats and especially dogs. When a person displays this particular type of animal affection, there is a good chance they could end up being a good fit to start a pet sitting company.

That’s more of a ‘WHO’ is a pet sitter, but the job itself entails occupying a client’s home for a period, being sure to keep the pets of the house safe, fed, and entertained whilst the owner is away.

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Simcoe Contractors and Renovations

Simcoe Contractors and Renovations

So Many Handymen and Experts. So Little Time in Simcoe, Ontario

Have you taken a look at your basement lately?
Is your basement finished?
Does it need some touching up?
What about your kitchen?

As I understand it, there’s still lots of 1960’s and 1970’s style kitchens in Simcoe and Norfolk County. This leads me to believe that the odds are good that YOUR KITCHEN or BATHROOM may be due for an upgrade!

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What’s that About Belleville Catering Services? (They’re Great)

A New Way of Talking About Belleville


Summary of the page:

Belleville, Ontario catering service: Barn and Country Catering and Mobile BBQ are excited to help you with your next big event in or around Belleville. Surrounding area also perfect, from Madoc to Stirling, Foxboro and beyond.


I Love This City

I love going to Belleville, it’s a heck of a city. The layout (for the most part) is one of the better for a city of this size. In Belleville, you get off the 401 and can go north or south on highway 62. That’s sort of the main artery where you can experience the newer part of Belleville, and reach the older downtown. 62 South is downtown.

I typically go north, that’s where all the good stuff is, well, except for the mall, but that’s still technically in the newer part of town.

More about Belleville’s history here

Belleville Barn and Country

Finding Local Caterers in Belleville

I am hosting a business event later in the year, and I plan on it being a big one. I will be renting a hall in Belleville, but will also need to find a great caterer from the local area.

Checking out the competition, it seems there’s quite a few caterers to choose from in Belleville. I am narrowing down the list though based on several factors.

For my business event – A big lunch event to celebrate a breakthrough year – I want to have a buffet style meal with happy servers who can keep the food coming. Endless BBQ, perhaps. More importantly, I’ll need:

  • BBQ’d meats, beef/pork either is fine
  • Tons of fresh salads, as the girls like that
  • Desserts and tons of them
  • Experienced staff with smiles

It’s not too much to ask, is it?

BBQ Catering is a Big Deal in Belleville

At first I didn’t realize how big BBQ catering has become. Upon further investigation I can see that a lot of people are looking for this as a service. Sort of like ‘renting a pig to cook’. I even have a coworker friend who was looking for this for a family function. A pig on a spit, or a whole pig bbq is a pretty specialized discovery, but thankfully it looks like I’ve found the company I need, just north of Belleville:

Barn and Country Catering and Mobile BBQ

These guys are fitting all of my criteria, their website is https://www.barnandcountry.ca, on which you can see that they seem to take care of all of the features I am after in a local caterer in the Belleville area.

After talking with the owner, Kent, I am greatly impressed at their devotion to the art of cooking for large crowds, and their affinity for BBQ’d meats. I’ve personally never met a crew or owner more in touch with what the people actually want from their catering service in Belleville. I’m stoked for the event later in the year.

Belleville’s Got Food

Ultimately, when the time for my event comes, I am pretty sure I’ll be booking with Kent and his crew at Barn and Country. It’s truly the most down to earth conversation I’ve had regarding local catering. Plus, the online menu options on their website are stunning. It really helps to paint a more complete picture of what I can be expecting when you can line it all up on one page.

For instance, the online catering menu form has all of the options you need to plan out your whole feast. It’s sensational. No one else in Belleville has this option for their catering service – That I’ve seen anyways. It’s a real time saver, and plus, the pictures on the menu page certainly help to wet one’s appetite :) .

Online Catering Menu

I bet there will be a time in the not too distant future, where something like B & C’s online form isn’t as stunning as it seems now. But, for the time being – It is a game changer. It works if you’re looking for a caterer for any type of event in Belleville, not just corporate or business events.

Judging by the service offerings, you can see that they’re really quite interested in doing weddings as well… In fact, they may be perfectly suited to doing much of the literal barn and country type of weddings that we see a lot of in the Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

Having an outdoor wedding and need a white porta potty – Check out Jimmi Jons

With a barn style wedding, it’s hard to beat a bunch of BBQ’d meat and that true northern BBQ feel. I love it. Almost makes me want to get married again.

(Interestingly enough, my first wedding did in fact use a BBQ caterer, it’s just that for this one, it was in Caledonia, Ontario – Not Belleville)


Conclusions: If You’re Lucky Enough:

The bottom line is that if you’ve an event of ANY kind going on that requires a good feed and a good caterer, call Barn and Country.

They’ve simply got a lock down on the Belleville and Stirling area and will make a believer out of you. They have plenty of great reviews on Google and on their site to attest to their quality. Check them out!

Read Google Reviews:
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Read on site Reviews:
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